Regulation ReferenceProgram TermCertification ProcessEligibility RequirementsBenefits      
8(a)

13 CFR 124 Subpart A
9 yearsFormal electronic application and supporting documents-Must be a small business
-Must be unconditionally owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who are of good character and citizens of the U.S.
-Must demonstrate potential for success
-Initially, the individual's net worth, after excluding the individual's equity in the firm and the equity in the primary residence, may not exceed $750,000. SBA will also consider the individual's average two-year income, fair market value of all assets, access to credit and capital, and the financial condition of the applicant firm in evaluating economic disadvantage.
-Sole-source contracting opportunities
-Set-aside 8(a) procurement opportunities
-Mentor Protégé / Joint Ventures
-Subcontracting opportunities
-Automatically qualify as SDB with all of its benefits
HUBZone

13 CFR 126
Unlimited - As long as meets eligibility requirementsFormal electronic application via General Login System-Must be a small business
-Principal office must be located in HUBZone
-Must be owned and controlled by one or more U.S. citizens
-35% of employees must reside in HUBZone
-Special bidding opportunities (competitive, sole-source)
-10% price evaluation preference on full and open contracts
-Subcontracting opportunities on federal contracts
-Mentor Protégé / Joint Ventures 
Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB)

13 CFR 127
Unlimited - As long as meets eligibility requirementsFormal certification by SBA via beta.certify.sba.gov-At least 51% directly owned and controlled by one or more women that are US citizens
-Must qualify as a small business for primary industry NAICS
-Woman must highest officer position and manage firm on full-time basis and make long-term decisions
-EDWOSB eligibility: personal net worth <$750,000, adjusted gross income over last 3 years <$350,000 and fair market value of all assets <$6 million.
-Sole-source contracting opportunities
-Set-aside contracts with NO THRESHOLD
-Subcontracting opportunities
-Mentor Protégé / Joint Ventures
Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business (SDVOB)

13 CFR 125 Subparts A-E
Unlimited - As long as meets eligibility requirementsSelf certify in SAM.gov-SDV must have service-connected disability as determined by VA or DoD
-Must be a small business for NAICS
-SDV must unconditionally own 51% of the SDVOSB
-Ownership must be direct
-SDV must control management and daily operations
-SDV must hold highest officer position
-Sole-source contracting opportunities
-Set-aside contracts
-Subcontracting opportunities
-Mentor Protégé / Joint Ventures
Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB)


13 CFR 124 Subpart B
Unlimited - As long as meets eligibility requirementsSelf certify in SAM.gov-Must be a small business for primary NAICS
-At least 51% owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals (includes ANCs, tribes) who are U.S. citizens
-For individually owned SDBs, disadvantaged individual must have net worth <$750,000
-Count towards agency small business subcontracting goals
-Mentor Protégé / Joint Ventures
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